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Dr. Don Kinard is a Senior Fellow for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Production Operations. Dr. Kinard established the F-35 Fighter Production System several years ago to manage production transition from the then 1 aircraft per month production rate to a 20 aircraft per month production rate; their current build rate is 5 aircraft/month.
Dr. Kinard has been with LM for 33 years and prior to his current assignment he was Director of F-35 Production Engineering responsible for Joint Strike Fighter Tooling, Planning, Manufacturing Engineering, and Aircraft Systems Testing.
Before joining F-35 in 2004 Dr. Kinard held various positions in both Engineering and Manufacturing during his 18 years on the F-22 Program including Composite Risk Reduction Lead, Covers and Mate IPT Lead, Engineering Lead for F-22 Production Support, and Deputy Director of F-22 Production.
Don is also the lead for the LM Corporate Fellow’s Manufacturing Team as well as the Corporate Future Enterprise and the Foundational Technology Thread Programs whose task it is to develop and share engineering, manufacturing, and sustainment technologies throughout all of the LM business units. His technical interests include materials and structures, digital thread integration, industry 4.0, manufacturing technology, manufacturing system design, and production management.
Dr. Kinard earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX and a PhD in Physical (Polymer) Chemistry from Texas A&M University.